Lon Dimitrios Santis


  • Demonstrated achiever with exceptional knowledge of industrial explosives safety and security.
  • Strong project manager capable of advancing multiple projects simultaneously and independently.
  • Skilled at learning new concepts quickly, working well under pressure, and communicating ideas clearly and effectively.
  • Unsurpassed knowledge of the entire regulatory scheme for explosives in the US.
  • Enthusiastic and experienced in travel.


1986 – Master of Science Degree in Mining Engineering, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

1985 – Bachelor of Science Degree in Mining Engineering, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

Career History & Accomplishments

 1986 – Sales Representative, Ensign-Bickford Co.

  • Represented sales in Eastern Ohio and Western Pennsylvania.
  • Participated in a wide variety of surface and underground blasting operations.

1987 to 1998 – Supervisory Principle Investigator, US Bureau of Mines/NIOSH

  • Conducted research on a wide variety of issues related to explosives safety.
  • Supervised the USBM department that provided transportation classification recommendations to clients for submission to DOT as the U.S. transitioned to the UN classification system.
  • Designed and operated a wide variety of explosives test equipment and experiments.

1998 to 2013 – Manager of Technical Services, Institute of Makers of Explosives

  • Managed the activities of the Technical, Transportation and Distribution, and Security Committees.
  • Project manager for the IMESAFR QRA software program.
  • Interacted with all federal agencies and many state and local agencies with interest in explosives.

2013 to present – Principal, Explosives Risk Managers LLC

  • Provides a wide variety of risk management services to clients in the explosives industry.

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Chair of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Technical Committee on Explosives,
  • Member of the Board of Directors of the International Society of Explosives Engineers (ISEE), and
  • ISEE Program Committee (Vice-Chair), Security Committee, Transportation Committee, Standards Committee, and Government Affairs Committee,
  • Member of the NFPA Technical Committee on Lightning Protection,
  • Observer Member of the American National Standards (ANSI) A10 Committee on Construction Safety and
  • Chair of ANSI A10.7 Sub-group on explosives safety in construction,
  • Ex-officio President of the Potomac chapter of the ISEE,
  • Member of the SAFEX International Expert Panel and
  • Advisor Member of the USDA Wildlife Services Explosives Safety Committee.

Awards and Major Accomplishments

  • 2013 recipient of the ISEE Presidents award.
  • “Secret” clearance from DHS for classified information.
  • Testified before the US Congress twice on explosives safety and security issues.
  • Authored over 40 technical papers on a wide variety of safety and security related topics.
  • Given hundreds of oral presentations and is a highly sought speaker and panelist at blasting conferences.

Primary Special Skills

  • Quantitative risk analysis (QRA) of activities involving explosives. Lon has served as the sole project manager for the development IME’s QRA software IMESAFR.  IMESAFR is on version 2.0 and is by far the leading QRA model for industrial activities in the world.  Lon is also very familiar with other risk models such as SAFER and DIRE.
  • Regulatory compliance. In 27 years as Manager of Technical Services for the IME and a researcher at the USBM/NIOSH, Lon has acquired immense knowledge of all the regulations effecting industrial explosives.  Lon is not only knowledgeable on current regulations, but is aware of pending regulations, the background on the origin and intent of regulations, and the interaction between various jurisdictions.  Lon is very knowledgeable on documentation outside the regulations such as interpretations and legal decisions that support the regulations.  He knows how to present requests to the various regulatory agencies in a manner most likely to achieve success.
  • Training.  Lon is one of the most sought-after speakers in the marketplace.  On occasion, he has been called upon on at a moment’s notice to fill in for a speaker who has canceled and delivered the unfamiliar content flawlessly.
  • Closing technology gaps and Product marketing. Lon’s close association with manufacturers over the last three decades and work in the laboratory has allowed him to acquire extensive detailed knowledge on the strengths and weaknesses of all explosives and accessories used in industrial applications.  Lon’s advanced degrees in mining engineering, field experience and extensive attendance of industry technical seminars provides the context for proper application and design of explosives products.
  • Technical writing. Lon is recognized as one of the top technical writers in the industry.  He currently writes regularly for the NFPA, SAFEX, ASSE and ISEE.  He is experienced and accomplished at taking complex issues and boiling them down to understandable terms and impacts.